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Book Number 5708 
Author Jefferys, Thomas : 
Title The NATURAL and CIVIL // HISTORY // OF THE // FRENCH DOMINIONS // IN // NORTH and SOUTH AMERICA. // Giving a particular Account of the // CLIMATE, SOIL, MINERALS, ANIMALS, VEGETABLES, MANUFACTURES, TRADE, COMMERCE AND LANGUAGES, TOGETHER WITH // The Religion, Government, Genius, Character, Manners and // Customs of the INDIANS and other Inhabitants. // ILLUSTRATED BY // Maps and Plans of the principal Places, // Collected from the best authorities and engraved by // T. JEFFERYS, Geographer to His Royal Highness the Prince of WALES. // Part I. Containing // A Description of Canada and Louisiana. // London, // Printed for THOMAS JEFFERYS at Charing-Cross. // MDCCLX.  
Date c. 1760. 
Publisher for Thomas Jefferys 
Place of Publication London:  
Edition First Edition 
Volume Information Two parts in one volume. 
Cover Contemporary full mottled calf , spine with 5 raised bands, with matching horizontal gilt fillets and gilt lettered title on two, dated; upper edge gilt.  
Illustration Illustrated with red and black title pages, and 18 folding maps or plans as listed on last page (p.246): of Canada, of the City of Quebec, of Montreal, of Nova Scotia and Cape Britain, of the city and harbor of Louisbourg, of St. Lawrence River, of D’Anville’s North America, of New Orleans, of West Indies, Hispaniola or St. Domingo, of Cap Francois of St. Domingo, of Guadeloupe, of town of Basse Terre of Guadeloupe, of Martinico, of Fort Royal of Martinico, of Grenada, of Island of Cayenne, of the town of Cayenne and Fort St. Michael.  
Size Small folio (350x225mm).  
Condition A near fine example with text and plates clean and crisp. Three maps with minor fold separations. Part I insert of additional pages marked 129*-138*, Part II mispaginations: 86 and 87 as 90 and 91.  
Provenance The Explorers Club Collection. Ex libris on upper pasted endpaper “Esse Quam Videro, Patrick Coults”; also free endpaper: “The Explorers Club // Ex libris // No. 5849 // Presented by // James B. Ford”; unobtrusive blindstamp to upper margin of title, maps 
Pagination Ex libris, ex libris, bl. (3), title of part I, bl., dedication (2), introduction, bl., contents to part I (2), Description of New France 1- 132, insert 129*-138*, Description of Louisiana 133- 168; title of part II, bl., dedication, bl., Description of the Islands subject to the Crown of France in the West Indies, and South America 1-246 with 18 maps throughout both parts.  
Reference Reference: Field 775; Howes J-83; Lande 471; Sabin 35964; Streeter sale I:128.  
Translation Info  
Notes Thomas Jefferys (c. 1719 – 1771), "Geographer to his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, King George III, was an English cartographer and perhaps one of the leading map suppliers of his day. Jefferys engraved and printed maps for government and other official bodies and produced a wide range of commercial maps and atlases, especially of North America. First edition, the corrected issue with the additional leaves 129*-138*, containing information on the capture of Quebec received after the publication of the first part. Jefferys' important description of Canada, Louisiana, and of the French possessions in the West Indies, was published just as the conflict between Britain and France was accelerating, as is demonstrated by the detailed account of the siege of Quebec that was added in this issue. Geographer to the Prince of Wales, Jefferys produced maps and plans after his own surveys and from existing plans by others, including French geographers. The first part includes detailed plans of Quebec, Montreal, New Orleans and the Siege of Quebec, and the second part maps of Guadeloupe, Grenada and 'Martinico' i.e. Martinique. Patrick Coutts, son of one of the founders of the famous English bank, became insane in 1761.  
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Short Description Book Americas West Indies; Book Atlas & Cartography American; Book Voyages General;  

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